Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® Classes

 
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Fortunately, there is an outstanding teacher of the Feldenkrais Method in our midst - Hannah Vo-Dinh. Hannah guides us through movements and visualizations that lead relatively quickly to a better state of well-being and an increase in emotional wellness. She provides an oasis in which we can relax and get in touch with ourselves. Her voice is soothing and we enter into another place where we have permission to just be ourselves and to heal. The results are almost too good to be true.
— Mark S. Gesell, Ph. D.
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I’ve been attending for several months, and found that it has complemented my work with my personal trainer, and has allowed me to achieve the next level in my fitness. I’ve also found that the class has given my mind more clarity, improved my energy levels, and provided a better state of well-being. Hannah is an excellent teacher, is precise and graceful in her instruction to guide you through the movements, and creates a very relaxing and soothing environment in a class structure. It’s one of my favorite lunch-time breaks that I look forward to every week.
— Annette
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Every Tues &  Fri 12 - 1 pm (resume Jan 4, 2019) at All Saints' Episcopal in the Parish Hall (106 W. Church St. / Frederick, MD).  Beginners welcome but let me know you're coming!  Mostly mat classes with the occasional chair class.  Mats are available on-site at All Saints' Episcopal for you to use, or bring your own.   Wear warm layers. Work attire is fine as long as it is stretchy or loose. There are no stairs to contend with if you go into the courtyard from Church St. , enter the glass doors in the corner, and take the elevator to the top floor. http://www.allsaintsmd.org/directions.php

Wednesday evenings 6 -7:30 pm  8-week session Mar 6 - May 1.   ILR 530, Improve Your Posture with the Feldenkrais Method®. Frederick Community College - Institute for Learning in Retirement, Frederick, MD.  Courses at ILR are geared towards ages 55+ but younger students may enroll.  Must be able to lie on a mat.  Registration is open now - see page 14!

Fee:  Your options are to drop-in for $20 or purchase an 8-Class Pass for $120 (credit card online, cash or check in-person).  (Gift Card? Please call 301-401-3213 to redeem). Pass is valid for 90 days from purchase and you can come to any of the All Saint's Episcopal classes that suit you.

Mats: Feldenkrais mats allow you to slide your arms and legs.   These moving mats are perfect.  (They provide more padding than the ones you’ll get at big box stores.) I occasionally buy them at a bulk discount rate and provide them at cost to students (around $12), plus there’s no shipping charge. Many students like to put a yoga/pilates mat underneath to keep the mat from sliding on the floor.

Workshops

 Follow this link to view upcoming workshops.

What are classes like?

Students lie on mats or sit in chairs and are verbally guided through slow, gentle movements and visualizations.  In a relaxing environment free of comparison and judgment, you explore your uniquely individual habits of movement.  Along the way you discover that variations in position, eye movements and breathing patterns can either make movement nearly impossible. . .or completely effortless!  Your neuromuscular system automatically adopts the most efficient movement patterns so that without having to think about it consciously, you are more highly organized to engage in daily life.  Whether carrying groceries,  working at your computer,  playing the piano or competing in a triathlon, Feldenkrais® makes everything easier.

Who takes classes?

Everyone can benefit from Feldenkrais® because it emphasizes individuality rather than conformity to an ideal or goal.   There is no competition between students.  Thus, a high-performing athlete and someone with rheumatoid arthritis can experience great benefit from the same class.   (If you are not comfortable lying on a mat then please consider private sessions.) 

Health care providers:  Gain new perspectives on your patients' challenges and potential, all while supporting your own health and well-being. 

Retirees:   Many older participants report feeling decades younger after a Feldenkrais class.   Stiffness and unsteadiness is not an inevitable consequence of aging, and it is possible to regain the joy of moving as a child at any age!

Athletes and Dancers:  Discover easy, graceful and pleasurable ways to take your work and passion to the next level.   Prevent injuries by improving coordination and awareness.

Performing Artists:  Enhance your sensitivity, expression and creativity through subtle movement and solving the movement puzzles of Feldenkrais.   Recognize the productivity gained by improving focus and honoring the need for frequent but brief rest.

Classes not your thing?

I offer private sessions that are tailored to meet your needs, abilities and goals.